• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1
  • Processor: 1.8GHz Intel Atom Bay Trail processor
  • Graphics: Intel integrated graphics
  • Screen: 8-inch (1,280 x 800) WXGA display with IPS technology
  • Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 memory
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC storage
  • Camera: 2MP front camera, 5MP rear camera
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Others: Micro USB, microSD, Audio Combo Jack, micro SIM
  • Dimensions: 131.6 x 215.6 x 8.35mm
  • Weight: 350g
  • Pros:
  • Very versatile
  • Smooth performance
  • Able to use desktop software
  • Cons:
  • Desktop mode has low touch sensitivity
  • Low max Volume
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Ice Storm: Maxed Out!
  • 3DMark Ice Storm (Extreme): 4,843 points
  • 3DMark Ice Storm (Unlimited): 7,781 points

Miix-ing The Best Of Both Worlds

Lenovo has been productive throughout the year, and this month, they loaned us the recently launched Miix 2 8, which combines the best of both worlds of a tablet and a laptop all within a smaller and easier to carry around form factor.

The Miix 2 provides comes in a nice aluminium casing complete with an 8-inch display screen which is definitely wide enough to enjoy most of your daily entertainment. It has volume controls placed on its right side as well as the power button. On the same side, you will also be able to find the micro USB port as well as supports for microSD and micro SIM cards.

The flap at the side unveils a slot for a micro SIM card, as well as a micro SD card

The flap at the side unveils a slot for a micro SIM card, as well as a micro SD card

This device also comes with a wide multitude of features that covers basically everything. It has Five-Finger Multi-touch Technology which makes Windows 8.1 that much easier to navigate through as well as keeping the precision at a comfortable level. You will also be able to secure your important files and documents with its Veriface Face Recognition software which uses your face as your password. This feature supports multiple users and as such, you and your family can have secure access to their respective files.

With all these features on-board, the device has to provide powerful performance to support these features, and performance is part of its interior as it passed all our benchmarks with flying colours and even maxing out one of the benchmark tests. Its Desktop mode also allows PC programs to run in its full form flawlessly on this device making it work like a laptop on the go, the touchscreen sensitivity on the Desktop mode however suffers from insensitivity due to the small symbols and different navigation tools.

The Miix 2's camera takes some excellent shots, but the camera software also comes with post-processing features for some creative photos

The Miix 2’s camera takes some excellent shots, but the camera software also comes with post-processing features for some creative photos

CHIP CONCLUDE: After taking a good look at the Lenovo Miix 2 8, we would definitely suggest this device to those looking for a smaller solution to a laptop but prefer the easy navigation of a tablet. Despite the small flaws from its volume level and touch screen on the desktop mode, it makes up for it with its powerful performance and beautiful display and functionality.

(previously published in issue October 2014)

Lenovo Miix 2 8